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National Army of the Puppet Administration on the verge of Collapse – Screen capture of full statement downloadable from non-terrorist site as PDF

Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:19

No doubt, the Americans are grappling with loss, defeat and problems in Afghanistan. The Americans-led forces which are numbering nearly 150,000 troops and their Special Forces have not delivered. Neither they did turn the tide against the Mujahideen, nor the Afghan army which have been trained by the Americans with expenditure that runs into billions of dollars, acquired the capacity to protect government buildings and maintain security of government officials. Even they can’t maintain writ of the government in proximity as much as 5 kilometers from provincial centers and cities.

According to a report published by The Washington Post on September 5, a minuscule numbers of Afghan National Army soldiers report to duty after going on home leave. The report adds that 24,590 soldiers defected in the past six months of the current year while last year, during the same period, the defection rate stood at 11,423. The Washington Post further elucidates that the growing defection in the Kabul Army which reaches thousands of troops, has caused great consternations among the Americans rulers, because they think it would make it difficult to effect the transition process of security responsibility from the foreign troops to the Afghan forces in view of the unprecedented defection rate in the so-called National Afghan Army. This will bring the very process of security responsibility transition into question. Similarly, the Wall Street Journal writes that misbehavior of the Afghan national Army officers with foot soldiers is one of the main causes of defection in addition to other factors of defection that they are facing.

Sources reveal that non-availability of sufficient number of doctors, mistreatment of medical personnel with wounded soldiers and the rampant corruption among the military officers are factors that have endangered the life of many injured soldiers. The Daily paper adds that even some wounded soldiers have starved to death in military hospitals.

Some time ago, Associated Press, reported that during the chairmanship of Eftally, a large quantity of medicines and medical equipments valued at $ 42 millions were embezzled in the 400-bedded military hospital in Kabul. The AP continues to say that such wholesale embezzlement and inefficient medical treatment of soldiers wounded in battle fields lead to defection among the troops. This causes despondency among the troops and gives rise to defection.

According to military experts, such huge exodus of troops leaves a negative impact on the morale of the troops and ultimately morphs into a dynamism for disintegration of large armies. They opine that even defection of a single soldier during the time of war, has negative impact on the morale of a whole contingent, rendering it timid and void of motive.

It is a fact, that Americans’ efforts for uplift of the Kabul National Army both from an angle of quality and quantity has met failure as well as their other efforts for augmentation of security personnel have gone awry. The same is the case with all other essential pinnacles of the Kabul regime which are speedily heading into a collapse.

No remedy and strategy of the Americans is proving to deliver. Even there are now obvious rifts in the national army. If the troop defection tempo continues unabatedly and the Mujahideen momentum keeps on without let-up, the Americans dream of staying in barracks and leaving the Afghan National Army to fight against Mujahideen will get nowhere.

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – 1 Mar 11

  • What’s next for Canada’s response to Libya? Canada pledges humanitarian aid to Libya (without explaining what kind) + CF reconnaissance and medical team in Malta (More) = DART deployment?  Time will tell.
  • Canada to Gadhafi:  Maybe it’s time to go? Canada is warning that the desire for freedom in Libya and across the region will overwhelm leaders who withhold democracy and abuse their citizens. After criticism of its reluctant embrace of the pro-democracy rebellion that toppled Egypt’s longtime ruler, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is now positioning itself squarely behind Libyan rebels who are massing on Tripoli’s doorstep and preparing for battle with their dictator. In Ottawa, Government House Leader John Baird tabled sanctions in the House of Commons and spoke openly of “regime change” to end Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s 41-year rule. At a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon spoke hopefully of a “tide of change” sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa ….”
  • How about a no-fly zone over Libya?  No consensus, says Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister“A military no-fly zone over Libya is unlikely to get off the ground as several allies are balking at the plan, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Monday. “In terms of the no-fly zone, there doesn’t seem to be consensus among our allies,” Cannon told a teleconference from Geneva, declining to offer Canada’s position. “There are too many elements still not known, so I would not want to offer an opinion at this time,” he said. “We still don’t have enough information.” Earlier, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain was working with its allies to draw up a plan for a military no-fly zone over Libya ….”
  • What Canada’s up to, 140 characters at a time from the PM’s chief spokesperson Dimitri SoudasHow many out so far? Brit warship gives some Canadians a lift to MaltaWhere’s Canada’s big military plane in the area?
  • More news on the latest in Libya here (Google News), here (EMM News Brief:  Libya),  here (NewsNow), here (BBC) and here (Al Jazeera English).
  • More tidbits of information about missing Canadian Colin Rutherford in Afghanistan. This from CBC.ca: “…. The police chief in Ghazni province confirmed that Rutherford was living in the region for almost a month and that he was seen dressed in local clothing several times ….” This from the Toronto Star:  “…. In late October, just six months into a new job as a media auditor in Toronto, Rutherford told his boss he was going on vacation. The 26-year-old wanted to learn Pashto, one of Afghanistan’s two official languages. “He went to Afghanistan and didn’t come back,” said Zia Hasan, manager of audit operations at the Toronto-based Canadian Circulations Audit Board. Rutherford had booked two weeks off. “We just thought he decided not to come back. Sometimes people do that. We’re obviously concerned for his welfare. We’re cooperating with the local authorities for any information that they require,” Hasan said ….”
  • How’re the Afghan troops being trained by Canadian and NATO troops doing?  Not all that great yet according to one journalist blogger: “…. The question on everyone’s mind these days is whether the OMLTs (Operational Mentoring Liaison Teams) can mould the Afghans into an independent fighting force by the time Canada’s military withdraws from combat operations in a few months. Based on my two days on foot patrol with the OMLT (which hardly makes me an expert), the short answer to that question is no. The Afghan company I observed showed a capability to orchestrate simple security missions, though not without some problems. Capt. Eric Bouchard believes Afghans are now at a point where they can successfully conduct searches of compounds and fields for weapons. They are also fast at responding to Taliban activity. But as for more complicated missions, the Afghans seem to be lacking a level of sophistication ….”
  • Taliban Propaganda Watch Attacks, assassinations alleged in Kandahar.
  • February highlights of what Canada’s buying.
  • Defence research paper (PDF): Soldiers identified good-vs-bad guys better with Combat ID (CID) System than without (bot both CID systems were the  same re:  effectiveness)

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – 14 Nov 10

  • More troops headed downrange for next rotation in Afghanistan this from David Pugliese’s Defence Watch“Another group of 120 Valcartier-based soldiers will deploy this Monday to take part in the 10th Rotation of OPERATION ATHENA, in Afghanistan. This flight is the 7th since the beginning of the deployment on November 3, according to the Canadian Forces.”
  • Reporter Ian Elliot raises a good question in this from the Kingston-Whig StandardAs the Canadian Forces abandon the desert base that was their staging area into Afghanistan, they are bringing back one of the most important items there. The centrepiece of Camp Mirage was a subdued but elegant cairn in the centre of the camp, outside the mess. On it were plaques commemorating each of the 152 Canadian soldiers who have died in the war, including three who grew up in this area. The granite monument at Al Minhad Air Base, surrounded by carefully tended green grass that was an anomaly in the desert, is on its way home. “It will be reinstalled in Canada, but we haven’t selected a location for that yet,” Capt. Jennifer Kellerman of the Canadian Expeditionary Force command confirmed Friday …. She vowed that it won’t just be put into storage somewhere. “The decision on where it will go here in Canada will probably be made at the level of the chief of defence staff,” she said ….” A bit of debate/discussion on possible options here at an Army.ca forum.
  • According to the Canadian Press, former Chief of Defence Staff Rick Hillier, “says until he knows more about the (extended Afghan) training mission, he doesn’t want to comment on the decision.  But he told reporters in Calgary that it is clear that the Afghan security forces are not ready, and that another three or four years of training would help prepare them for the job ahead ….”
  • Former U.K. PM Tony Blair’s take on Canada extending its stay in Afghanistan to train Afghan security forces, via the Canadian Press“(Canadians are) hugely respected there …. It’s a decision for Canada to take. It’s absolutely got the right to do what it wishes to do in respect to this …. My view about the broader question of extremism, though, is that this extremist security threat is still absolutely a threat we face.”
  • Toronto Star columnist James Travers sees the mission extension as both a flip-flop and a double-tactical win for the Prime Minister“…. (Harper) neutralized any Liberal advantage in outflanking Conservatives on a post-combat Afghanistan policy and then widened the all-important fissure to his party’s ideological left.  Best of all for Harper, the consequences of Canada’s hastily recalibrated Afghanistan position won’t be known until after the next federal election ….”
  • Political columnist Chantal Hebert on how the news of Canada’s new mission oozed out of Ottawa, via the Halifax Chronicle-Herald:  “…. The sight of an unelected partisan staffer apprising Canadians of their government’s thinking on a top-of-mind defence and foreign policy issue that involves committing hundreds of Canadian men and women to a war theatre for an extra three years was unprecedented. The power of the PMO has been in ascendancy at the expense of the federal cabinet for a number of decades, but that evolution has rarely been as blatantly obvious as over the past two weeks ….”
  • Canadian military analyst Mercedes Stephenson calls the decision to stay and train “the right one” via QMI/Sun Media: “…. Canada has spilled too much blood and invested too many resources in trying to create a stable and secure Afghanistan to walk away because of a rubber-stamped date set in a far off capital ….”
  • So, where exactly will Canadian troops end up training Afghan soldiers and cops? The government says they’re still sorting that stuff out, but some media coverage (like QMI/Sun Media) hints it could be done out of Kabul, while others (like Postmedia News) say the opposite – this, from Canada’s senior officer in the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan headquarters:  “The need for training is national …. It doesn’t matter where they go. It’s the same mission with the same force protection. The training centres are all over the country because that is where the trainees are.”  Everywhere but Kandahar, if the government wants to stick to the letter of the March 2008 resolution.
  • Blog Watch:  The Peace, Order and Good Government, eh? blog wonders who Canadian troops will be training in Afghanistan: “…. And I find it more than a little interesting that (NATO) is in much greater need of trainers for the ANP (Afghan National Police) than for the ANA (Afghan National Army). Canadian troops may well be terrific at training army recruits but does that make them good at training police officers? Though the answer wouldn’t change my own lack of enthusiasm for the project, the question seems worth asking.”
  • Taliban Propaganda Watch: Attacks alleged across Kandahar.
  • Two messages from the Taliban, according to one analyst speaking to Reuters, as NATO leaders prepare to meet at a summit in Lisbon this week:  “From one side, the Taliban would like to show that the United States could not defeat them militarily in the past nine years and from other side want to introduce themselves as an acceptable political force, too”.

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – 5 Nov 10

Enjoy your weekend!


NOTE: This material is from web pages and forums carrying statements attributed to the Taliban, Taliban spokespersons or supporters of the Taliban, or analysis thereof. Posting of this material neither confirms nor endorses any of its content – it is shared for information only. When material translated into English is not available, Google Translate is used to translate the original  – this is only a machine translation, NOT an official one.

Claims of attacks across RC-South, from “Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan military operations against the kafirs, munafiqs and the worshippers of Idols,” accessed 31 May 10

7 Americans killed as US helicopter shot down in Kandahar amid operation al-Fath

Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate during the major countrywide operation al-Fath shot down a US helicopter in Kandahar’s Zhari district on Saturday noon (May 30). According to the report, the helicopter was set on fire right after it was shot and fell on the ground moments later, killing about 7 US terrorists and crew members aboard, Mujahideen official said. Similarly, a US helicopter got shot down in Helmand’s Nad Ali district, while the enemy described the cause of the helicopter crash as quick landing. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid

Agent of NDS, spy agency killed in Kandahar

Akhtar Muhammad, working as a second lieutenant in National Directorate of Security (NDS) a local agency of US-NATO terrorists got killed in a guerrilla by Mujahideen while walking in a street in Kandahar yesterday (May 30). Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

Mujahideen missiles strike Kandahar airbase

One missiles struck the Kandahar airfield yesterday night (May 29), causing the enemy fatal losses but there are no further details on the extent of the death or injuries toll. In fact, at least 13 foreign terrorists were killed last week in the missile strikes targeting the same airbase, in which the workshop of the helicopter got badly damaged. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

US-NATO logistical convoy comes under attack in Kandahar

About four terrorists were killed and several hurt Sunday morning when their logistical convoy come under attack in Zhari district of Kandahar. The report adds two of their logistical truck destroyed in Mujahideen rockets. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

6 terrorists of ANA killed in Kandahar

On later Saturday (May 29), a blast in Arghandab district of Kandahar hit and destroyed one of the enemy’s military vehicles killing about 4 terrorists with wounding another two. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

Two enemy’s vehicles eliminated in Kandahar

As many as 11 terrorists of US minion ANA took losses of life and injuries Sunday (May 30) as two vehicles of ANA While traveling in convoy got hit and destroyed as a result of Mujahideen planted landmine blasts in Arghandab district of Kandahar. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

Three logistical vehicles destroyed in Kandahar

In the province’s Zhari district, three logistical vehicles of the enemy got destroyed as the convoy of the vehicles carrying logistical supplies for US-NATO terrorists came under attack by Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate on Sunday (May 31). Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

Mujahideen clash US-NATO terrorists in Kandahar

Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in an clash with the foreign invaders in Kandahar’s Khinjak district, caused the enemy deadly losses on Saturday, while there are no further details on the death and injury toll of the enemy. No Mujahids have been harmed during the daylong fighting. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

5 Britons killed 6 hurt as British tank blown up in Helmand

A Mujahideen homemade bomb in the province’s Sangin district blew apart a British military tank on Sunday (May 30), killing about 5 British terrorists and crew members with hurting 6 more, according to the report from Helmand. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

IED explosion kills four terrorists in Helmand

Four terrorists of internal puppet army got killed in bombings Sunday (May 30) in Nawa district of Helmand. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

American cowards suffer deadliest losses in Marjah

On Sunday afternoon (May 30), the dead bodies of the American terrorists and the wounded whose number is not clear, caused by a roadside bomb attack which targeted their military tank, were evacuated by US helicopter in the district of Marjah, Helmand, local Mujahideen said. In another news from Marajah, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in a face-to-face fighting with American cowardly terrorists, killed or wounded a dozen of US terrorists yesterday elsewhere in Marjah. Likewise, the other day, one American terrorists got killed and two wounded in and attack from Mujahideen in Marjah. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

Mujahideen kill 3 Americans in Helmand

One American terrorists was killed with three more injured on Sunday morning (May 30) as a US foot patrol came under Mujahideen attack in Nad Ali district of Helmand. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

British tank blown up in Helmand

Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in an attack on the combat patrol of British terrorists yesterday night (May 30), destroyed one of their tanks besides causing them losses of life and injures in Helmand’s Sangin district. In another news from Helmand, Mujahideen destroyed a logistical truck this morning (May 30) in this district. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

Landmine in Zabul hits US tank

A roadside mine blast tore apart and destroyed a US armored tank on Sunday (May 30) killing all the Americans including their local translator in Shinki district of Zabul province, Mujahideen officials said. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

US military tank eliminated in Zabul

On Friday (May 29), a large number of the combined US and domestic terrorists while on an operation against Mujahideen in Zabul’s Shinki district had come under Mujahideen siege and was still under siege when one of their tanks Sunday evening (May 30) was on an attack mission against Mujahideen as it hit a roadside mine blast and destroyed with all its terrorists killed in the area. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

Mujahideen kill 3 US terrorists, wound 3 in Zabul

About 3 American terrorists were killed and another 3 were injured on Saturday (May 29), as a group of US terrorists were walking to their military base came under attack in Zabul Nowbahar district, whereas a Mujahid, too, got martyred during the exchange of fire. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

US military tank hits roadside bomb in Nimroze

A Mujahideen homemade bomb blast tore apart a US tank in Dil Aram district of Nimroze, destroying the tank and killing all the American terrorists on Saturday, the report said, adding the wreckage of the struck tank still exists at the site today. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid

More on a Delicate, but Important Subject

The latest on how the Canadian Forces should deal with the issue of alleged rape of young boys by Afghan security forces.

Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff has signed a letter to the editor regarding recent coverage of the issue – here it is, for the record:

“The Canadian Forces are made up of some of the most professional and courageous troops in the world, and Canadians have every reason to be proud of their hard work and efforts in protecting Afghans.

I wish to make it clear that, as the Chief of the Defence Staff, I hold myself and all members of the armed forces to the highest standard of professional conduct. Indeed, the legitimacy of the Canadian military derives from its embodiment of the values, beliefs and laws of the nation we defend. We conduct our operations in compliance with our international legal obligations.

Equally, we expect members of Afghanistan’s security forces to meet their legal obligations, both national and international. Canada’s military and police personnel in Afghanistan are mentoring their Afghan counterparts about the importance of professional conduct, including compliance with the rule of law.

Only by demonstrating the highest standards of conduct will the Afghan security forces earn the trust of the Afghan people. While the responsibility for complying with their national and international legal obligations rests with the Afghans, I expect members of the Canadian Forces to bring breaches of the law by Afghan security forces to the attention of the appropriate authorities.

Once the Board of Inquiry referred to by Mr. Pugliese is completed, its findings and recommendations will be thoroughly reviewed and appropriate action taken.
I have every confidence that the members of the Canadian Forces, in the face of a very challenging security environment, are performing their very best to uphold our values.

General W.J. Natynczyk
Chief of the Defence Staff”

New NATO “Guidance” = More Work for Trainers?

Abu Muqawama is kind enough to share the latest Counterinsurgency Guidance released by ISAF boss General Stan McChrystal.

AM raises an interesting point regarding the relationship between ISAF forces and the Afghan military and police forces being trained:

“One thing that jumped out at me as being particularly important is the emphasis on partnering with the Afghan National Security Forces. Partnering is not the same thing as mentoring. Partnering means that you pair units together and do everything together: live, eat, train, plan, operate. This is a big change from the way we have engaged with the ANSF in the past and will require a shift in thought and deed among ISAF units and their commanders.”

I’m happy to hear from those who’ve  been there, done that, but to me, that DOES sound like a lot larger committment of time/effort.

My own read of the Guidance:  a short (seven page), plain text, easy-to-understand document anyone, military or civilian, should be able to absorb.